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USA: Disability benefits system swamped due to economic recession

Posted 01/6-10 at 17.37

About 12.8 people in the US receive Social Security disability benefits.* At the moment, nearly 2 million people are waiting to find out if they qualify. The system is so overwhelmed by applications that many people are waiting more than two years for their first payment. In some states the wait is even longer.

It is claimed that the current recession has made matters worse as many disabled people are the first to be laid off in bad times. It is expected that 3.3 million people will apply for benefits this year. Two-thirds of claims will be turned down and the appeals process can take up to a further two years.

*We would like to provide comparative data from other countries. However, this is virtually impossible, as the criteria for receiving disability benefit varies so greatly.




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